I’ve heard that Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren and Chopper will be making appearances at Star Wars Weekends 2014. These characters are from the Star Wars Rebels series. Ezra, Sabine and Chopper are supposed to appear on stage, but from what I’ve heard, they won’t do meet and greets.
I think Darth Maul is one of the coolest bad guys in movie history. I was raised with Darth Vader as a key figure in my childhood and saw him as a great bad guy, but Darth Maul exceeded that in Episode 1. I hated to see him get bumped off so quickly. His makeup is intimidating and his posture is dominating. I had to meet him twice to see if I could get a decent photo. I think next time I ‘ll just ask for a close up to get the makeup in better detail.
On day one I had no clue what the actual schedules were for the characters. They had changed drastically since 2012. I made my way around and around and around Hollywood Studios gathering data on appearance times for characters. I saw a very short line for Commander Cody and decided to drop in to meet him.
During Star Wars Weekends Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy take on new personalities to reflect the celebration. Mickey becomes a Jedi, Minnie becomes Leia, Donald becomes a Storm Trooper and Goofy is the best of all as Darth Goofy. The characters sign their normal names, not anything special for the weekend. I wish they had provided the autograph cards like they did for May the Fourth, the lines would have moved much faster. In order to meet all four it requires: luck, repeated visits or good timing. In my case, I observed that all the Fab Four arrived together at about 9:45 am, so I got in line at 9:10. The queue was filled and the current meet was Mickey and Minnie.
The cast member informs guests that they may or may not meet the characters visible because they rotate. They ask that guests not move aside to let others pass, but I saw it happen frequently while I was there in many lines. I have never understood that rule. If the girl behind me wants to see Leia Minnie and I want to see Donald, why couldn’t one just stand aside? Oh well, I don’t make the rules, just try to follow them. They even flipped the line entrance at the Fab Four meet so people couldn’t sit on the wall at the last minute and let people pass.
So back to the story, I got in line at 9:10 expecting full queue to take 40-45 minutes. When Mickey and Minnie left and large group of people around me sighed. Donald and Goofy arrived and spirits picked up with a hope that they would be there. As they left, I informed those around me that it should be all the Fab Four meeting together if they followed the same plan as the previous two days. Donald and Goofy reappeared first and the crowd was like, huh? Then Mickey and Minnie appeared to large cheers. Those in the first of the three lines in the queue would probably see them, those after that, may not. I met them at 9:55 am, so it was indeed a 45 minute wait.
R2-Mk was introduced to Star Wars Weekends a couple of years back, but wasn’t available for meets in 2012. R2-MK is Jedi Mickey’s personal droid. I have a personal droid too, it’s called Razr Maxx, but that’s beside the point. R2-MK was only available in the afternoons for select meets during Star Wars Weekends. I met him Weekend One 2013.
New for Star Wars Weekends 2013 is Greedo. He has appeared in the parade for years, but hasn’t been available for meet and greets. He appears in the late afternoon in the Backlot area and joins the other bounty hunters as a roaming character. The guy wouldn’t stand still. I took 20 photos of his ear because he kept moving away from the camera. I finally waited on him near the exit/entrance area and got a nice close up (above) and a wave goodbye. Catch him at Star Wars Weekends!
This is parade Greedo. I actually liked his costuming better than the meet and greet character.
Among the new offerings for 2013 Star Wars Weekends are the Chipwoks. It’s Chip n Dale dressed as Ewoks, so I like to call them “Chipwoks.” The meet and greet is a great new addition and it’s proven to be very popular during the first two weekends. In the Star Wars series the Ewoks are a hunter-gatherer species that helped save the rebel alliance. They resemble Teddy Bears, so Chip n Dale are a natural for the role. I’m grateful they didn’t turn Duffy into Duffwok!